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Questions of Relationship #1

Questions of Relationship Do you have questions about your relationship? Are you afraid to bring those questions up for fear of damaging your relationship? Most of us agree that falling in love is a glorious experience. Staying in love and nurturing love over the years is a spiritual art form. True love can grow into something more powerful and wonderful than a new couple can imagine. Isn’t it better to find out now what works and what doesn’t work, than end up in divorce? Northern Michigan Wedding Officiants may be able to help. Love is an Art Form Love as an… Read More »


New Wedding Vows

Defining Wedding Vows Since everyone who comes to me will be exchanging wedding vows, let’s define”vow”. I looked in Webster’s online dictionary and this is what came up: a solemn promise. A set of such promises committing one to a prescribed role, calling, or course of action, typically to marriage or a monastic career. Such a definition isn’t unexpected. Some couples exchange wedding vows that are like love letters or rampages of appreciation. I have no problem with this and it is also important to include the promises that are being made to one another. I came across a wedding… Read More »


Love that Lasts Forever

A Love that Lasts Forever Love that lasts forever is what every couple hopes for, intends and commits to when they say I do. I say, “You are so brave, and courageous.” I have never stood before someone like myself, an officiant and exchanged marriage vows with another human being. No statement has been declared by me, in the company of my friends and family that I desire to live a long life loving this person who is looking lovingly into my eyes. I have experienced a deep and complicated love for my parents as well as family members, animals… Read More »


Planning Your Wedding Early

  Have you ever taken a personality test? If so you may have used one of the most popular ones, the Myers Briggs personality inventory tool. There are 16 distinctive personality types. At one time this questionnaire seemed to pop up all over the place. The free test is designed to help us understand the people we are in relationship with as well as one’s self. My parents took the Myers Briggs test at a couples’ workshop some 20 years ago (has it been THAT long ago?). Through the results, they had a lot of aha’s and “oh that’s why… Read More »


Wedding Guest List Tips

  Your wedding guest list… You have some decisions to make about who will witness your commitment to each other and who won’t. It seems choosing your favorite friends and family, including them on your wedding guest list should be easy enough, right? But until you’ve started to put that list together yourself, it is hard to understand all that goes into deciding who makes the cut and who doesn’t. Here are some tips on how to make the decisions that must be made in putting your wedding guest list together.  First Things First The foundation of all other tips… Read More »


Choosing A Professional, Experienced Officiant or Friend to Lead Your Wedding

  My advice to all couples considering asking their friend to conduct their ceremony is to invite your friends to the wedding, but NOT to be your officiant.   There are a growing number of couples who, for several reasons I’ll discuss below, ask their friend or a relative to officiate for them on their wedding day. Getting “ordained” in order to comply with the laws of the land only costs a small amount. The internet offers an easy path to ordination so your marriage is legal. Seems simple enough. And hey, Liz Lemon got ordained on the internet so… Read More »


The Marriage Proposal: Will You Marry Me?

Once upon a time, a guy, a pretty nice guy, proposed to me. He was younger than me, and was known for his taking LSD when he was just 12. This fact gave him a wild and crazy aura in an era when wild and crazy was the preferred modus operandi. I remember his great sense of humor which for me has always been one of the most seductive tools a man could employ to get my attention and respect. He didn’t get down on bended knee, but asked the question as we sat around a big round table where… Read More »


Your Wedding Officiant’s Function

What is the wedding minister’s function? Am I a spiritual force or a vendor? Do you think the answer is obvious?   As a seminary ordained minister, I view my function this way:  I’m the one who will stand with you as the spiritual values you have take form through your legal commitment. I am more than a religious figure, in fact, if you are looking for a religious figure, you probably won’t want me marrying you. Because what I bring to the occasion of your wedding is my spiritual more than religious presence. I’m in love with your being… Read More »


Tip #6 — Writing Wedding Vows to Reflect Your Commitment

What you will remember most about your Northern Michigan wedding ceremony, even more than the wedding dress, the weather, or anything in the wedding address is the vows you and your partner exchange. Whether traditional or contemporary, the vows you pick contain the words that express how you will give your heart and mind and soul to each other in the lifetime ahead of you. So you must choose your vows wisely. If you are considering writing wedding vows, remember they set the tone for the quality of your commitment. Over the last few years, I have noticed many couples… Read More »


Tip #5 — Stress Relief When There’s Too Much To Do

You and your fiancé have been planning your wedding day for a long time. When the reality of all that had to be done hit you, most likely you divided up the jobs between you and your most trusted friends and family members. Each of you took on making sure certain details would be taken care of. Maybe you are good at handling stress, and maybe you aren’t. It is what it is. But it can take the joy out of the moment. Having too much to do doesn’t HAVE to stress you out. Part of the stress may be… Read More »


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